THE Barnsley 10K race is set to return to the town this summer - exactly 50 years since the first Barnsley Marathon took place.

Taking place on Sunday, June 30, the race will begin in the Glass Works’ public square at 9am.

It will then take participants through Barnsley town centre, Wilthorpe and Redbrook before looping back around at the Claycliffe Road area before arriving back in the square for a sprint finish.

There are currently only 1,000 places available, with entries opening to the public on Friday at 5pm.

It’s hoped there will be an increased capacity for places in the future.

Any residents and businesses who will be impacted by the race will be contacted with further information in due course.

Coun James Higginbottom, cabinet spokesperson for environment and highways, said: “As the hometown of Olympians Dorothy Hyman and John Mayock, Barnsley has a rich history when it comes to running.

“The first Barnsley Marathon took place 50 years ago in 1974 and we still have a thriving running scene in the borough thanks to the many groups and clubs that organise events and activities for competition and leisure.

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“We’re thrilled to be adding our own with the Barnsley 10K in the town centre this summer.

“I’m sure it will be a fantastic day and hopefully it will become a permanent fixture in our events calendar.

“Whether you’re taking on the race or coming along to cheer someone on, there is plenty to explore and enjoy across the town centre throughout the day with something for everyone.”